Samantha Culp

Year of the Horse at LA Art Book Fair

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New Territories Studio will be participating in the second annual LA Art Book Fair by Printed Matter from January 31-February 2, with a selection of Chinese zines, art books and indie publishing. In a stroke of synchronicity, the fair happens to coincide with the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year – extra auspicious, which is why we’re calling our table Year of the Horse. Please stop by and celebrate by buying some books! More information below:

Year of the Horse by New Territories Studio
For the 2014 LA Art Book Fair, Shanghai-based curatorial platform New Territories Studio presents a vibrant selection of materials from China’s current indie publishing scene. In collaboration with leading Chinese zine publishers, we will showcase a diverse array of zines, artist books, experimental comics and small-run journals, many of which have never been shown internationally before. We hope to not only show but contextualize this emerging movement in China’s contemporary art/design world, and spur more exchange between Chinese zinemakers and their overseas counterparts.

Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2014
January 31- February 2, 2014
Opening: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6–9 pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles

Hours and Location:
The LA ART BOOK FAIR is free and open to the public.
Opening: Thursday, January 30, 6–9 pm
Friday, January 31, 11 am-5 pm
Saturday, February 1, 11 am–6 pm
Sunday, February 2, 12 pm–6 pm

Venue:
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
moca.org

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For more information, email: samantha@newterritories.org

Tulou Open House – Preview Event in Hong Kong

In case you’re in Hong Kong, for ARTHK or otherwise, please stop by the Tulou Open House preview event on May 14 – this project has been in the works for quite a while, and we’re very excited to finally share it. Official press release to follow.

Tulou Open House: Project Preview in Hong Kong
Monday, May 14, 3 – 5pm
Afterschool Cafe
2/F, 17 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣恩平 道17號2樓
RSVP to Samantha Culp, samantha@newterritories.org

This Monday, please swing by Afterschool Cafe for a preview of the Tulou Open House project 2012 – a temporary, site-specific creative experiment and mini-conference taking place this June at a traditional Tulou (round earthen house) in Fujian Province. During this open-ended “expedition”, a diverse group of artists and scholars from greater China will explore the structure, symbolism, and everyday life of the Tulou as a laboratory for new projects and collaborations, a fresh lens for the concept of creative community, and a potential site for expansive future projects at the Tulou and beyond. The event will culminate in a public “Open House” event on the weekend of June 8-10, which is open to visitors and the local community alike, and will stage a program of talks, screenings, workshops, performances, guided tours, and artistic interventions.

On Monday, organizers Dana Wu (Friends of the Tulou) and Samantha Culp (New Territories Studio) will present an overview of the project, discuss its background and goals, and lead a conversation with HK-based Tulou participants and others who might like to join or learn more.

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Mild Gathering – Madi Ju & friends exhibition in Shanghai

Madi Ju has brought “Wild Gathering” to Shanghai but it is now a “Mild Gathering” – in the wake of recent bleak times in Japan, Yunnan, Beijing and beyond. Let’s gather, mildly, for some beautiful photographs and humble creations from Madi and friends, from April 7 at Aegis shop in Shanghai.

MILD GATHERING – art, music, photo, conversations
6-9pm, April 7th
at our friend Winston’s shop – Aegis
777 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu, Shanghai
5403 9869

Featuring photographers Madi Ju and Peter Sutherland, and Japanese fashion designer Hiro Sawatari

MILD GATHERING

3 friends
3 professions
3 countries
3 exhibition parties

Closely linked by photography, music, art, design and now – some sadness about Japan, China and Thailand earth quakes and their people’s difficulties and pains.

3 shows will happen in 3 years…

Show 2010 was Wild Gathering in Beijing, 350 people attended our party, we partied happy and wild, looked at artworks, listened to our djing, spoke about everything and nothing.

and as were planning show number 2 in Shanghai – Wilder Gathering on April 7th, because of the sadness and grey mood around us, we have decided to continue, not call it Wilder, but simply call it MILD GATHERING.

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Wisut Ponnimit on drawing manga in Japan


Thai comic/animation artist Wisut Ponnimit has become known for his love of Japan as much as his charming, deceptively simple drawing style. After gaining recognition for his surreal “hesheit” series begun in 1998, heavily influenced by 1970s manga, he eventually moved to Kobe to get closer to the source of his inspiration. It’s no surprise he was prominently featured in the 2008 Bangkok exhibition “Tomyam Pladib” (my Artforum review here), titled after an imaginary fusion of spicy soup and sushi, which showcased the intersection of Thai and Japanese creativity.


His recent solo exhibition “Time Lap Exhibition of Blanco” just closed in Shibuya, but Japan’s Hitspaper blog interviews him about the show and his current work here (Japanese-only). While wishing there was an English translation (as the blog did for their interview with John Woo here), it’s a quick introduction to his style, his thoughts on Thai creativity (with a mention for Uncle Boonmee), and he even recommends one of our favorite Bangkok bars, Shades of Retro.

Learn more about Wisut’s work on his website, follow his Twitter, check out his series of animated “short stories” for Audiotechnica here and see two of his great cartoons below – “Love Elevator” and “Tribute to Haruomi Hosono” (the great musician and founder of YMO)

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HO TZU NYEN: RECENT VIDEOS – Special Screening in Shanghai

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It’s a pretty insane week here in Shanghai, as the “back-to-school” activities of the artworld commence, but truly looking forward to an event I’ve helped organize for this Sunday evening: two recent works by Singaporean filmmaker Ho Tzu-Nyen, to be screened in association with my friends at Future Perfect, and hosted by the just-barely-soft-opened Shanghai branch of Café Sambal. (Many thanks to Cho Chong Gee of Sambal for graciously supporting the event!)

If you find yourself in Shanghai this Sunday, please do attend – it should be a relaxing, atmospheric end to a crazy week.

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Graphic Airlines solo show in Hong Kong

Hong Kong-based graffiti/illustration duo Graphic Airlines has a new show up at Above Second gallery in Hong Kong through Nov 18, featuring some interesting evolutions in their drawing style.

Patrick Tsai “Hot Water” exhibition, closing Oct 2

Photographer Patrick Tsai has an exhibition of his typically striking work at Cultivate Gallery in Tokyo – unfortunately it’s closing on October 2, but the finissage party will feature a performance by Moon Mama, the solo project of Afrirampo‘s Pikachu. (Wish I could hop a plane to Narita just for that!)

HUH. Magazine recently interviewed Patrick about the show and his shooting process:

Q: You very rarely shoot landscapes without people and people are almost always the central focal point of your images. What is it about people you want to store on film?
A: People are more interesting than trees or buildings. I always thought that. Basically, I think travel photography tends to be boring. That’s why in the My Little Dead Dick series we didn’t really take photos of the exotic people around us when we traveled to Tibet and Nepal, but focused more on ourselves in these places, I think that’s what made those photos a little different. For “Hot Water”, I decided to try boring.

Read the full interview here, and more from interviewer Cameron Allan McKean here

More on the closing event here for folks in Tokyo…

Cultivate Hot Water Closing Party

Hot Water by Patrick Tsai : Closing Live Event!
Pikachu, the drummer of former Japanese band “Afrirampo”, will play an acoustic live at Cultivate gallery under her solo name “Moon Mama”. We hope that her intimate, raw performance accompanied with Patrick’s bright photos will leave you happily shaken. Enjoy!

10/02 (Saturday)
Doors Open 5:30/ Start 6:00
Ticket 800 yen (Reservation or Door)
Maximum Capacity: 25 people